Trubisky Comes Through For Bears: 'Mitch's Day'

Mitchell Trubisky led the Bears to a comeback 24-20 victory over the Lions.

Chris Emma
November 28, 2019 - 5:37 pm

DETROIT (670 The Score) -- Long before he became quarterback of the Bears, Mitchell Trubisky was a kid in Mentor, Ohio who was dreaming of being on a stage like Thursday brought.

With a national audience watching and his team needing a victory on Thanksgiving Day in Detroit, Trubisky led the Bears to a come-from-behind 24-20 win over the Lions inside Ford Field. 

"Today was Mitch’s day," Bears coach Matt Nagy said. "It was his day."

Trubisky finished 29-of-38 for 338 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. His day was defined by a nine-play, 90-yard drive late in the fourth quarter that ended with a touchdown pass to running back David Montgomery with 2:17 remaining. 

After throwing an interception early in the third quarter, Trubisky responded with two touchdown passes and the winning plays his team needed to overcome an otherwise sloppy performance.

Trubisky elevated the Bears to a much-needed win that lifted them to 6-6. Nagy pointed to Trubisky's resiliency. Center Cody Whitehair raved about his calmness under pressure.

For his part, Trubisky refused to publicly view this game as a personal statement.

"We’re not trying to prove anything to anybody but ourselves," Trubisky said.

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Facing a last-place Lions team, the Bears produced the kind of undisciplined game that could've easily resulted in a loss. They committed 10 penalties for 89 yards and had breakdowns defensively that nearly allowed Lions third-string quarterback David Blough to beat them.

The Bears allowed a 75-yard touchdown from Blough to Kenny Golladay on their first defensive possession. Later in the first quarter, the Bears failed to recover a kickoff struck directly at Deon Bush. Chicago even ran a first-and-32 play after a pair of penalties. 

Trubisky helped the Bears put all that behind them. Perhaps the most revealing moment for him came with 5:27 remaining in regulation and the Bears trailing 20-17. Facing third-and-4 from the Bears' own 16-yard line, Trubisky dropped a dime to Anthony Miller for a 35-yard gain. Four plays later, Trubisky hit Miller on a 32-yard strike that set the Bears up at the Lions' 2-yard line.

Trubisky soon hit David Montgomery on the go-ahead 3-yard touchdown after processing through his first and second reads. He stayed calm in the pocket and found Montgomery, his third read, dragging across the middle.

After the touchdown, Trubisky was greeted by Nagy along the visiting sidelines.

"I told him, 'That's what special players do right there,'" Nagy said. 

A week prior, Nagy was defending Trubisky after pulling him late in a loss to the Rams on Nov. 17 due to injury. In part because of some initial confusion behind Trubisky's injury, there were questions about whether the Bears were giving up on the No. 2 overall pick in 2017. Nagy's belief in the struggling Trubisky remained steadfast as the Bears sat at 4-6. Some believed the loss to the Rams marked the end -- for Trubisky and the Bears' season.

Trubisky hasn't become great and wins against two bad teams since doesn't mean the Bears have turned their season around, but he and the Bears do have reason to believe there's light at the end of this tunnel.

"It's a confidence booster for him going into next week," Whitehair said.

Trubisky and the Bears now face a daunting December, starting with a matchup against the NFC East-leading Cowboys at Soldier Field next Thursday. From there, Chicago plays at Green Bay (8-3), hosts Kansas City (7-4) and finishes at Minnesota (8-3). 

The Bears' playoff hopes remain bleak but at least alive after Trubisky led them back for a win that was desperately needed.

It was Trubisky's day.

"That’s what I think this kid deserves," Nagy said. "We’ve had some tough times this year, but for him to fight through it and make plays.

"We will reset. We will enjoy it tonight. Then tomorrow, it’s all a reset."

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.